GEAR UP: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

GEAR UP is a competitive grant program of the U.S. Department of Education that increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing States and local community-education partnerships six-to-seven year grants to offer support services to high-need, middle and high schools.


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9th Grade


Click to GEAR UP for College!

It’s never too early to start preparing. Start today with our helpful resources!

9th Grade


Click to GEAR UP for College!

Stay focused on the goal! Keep moving towards college with our helpful resources.

9th Grade


Click to GEAR UP for College!

College will be here before you know it! Use our helpful resources to stay on top of things.

9th Grade


Click to GEAR UP for College!

It’s the home stretch! Start applying to colleges with our helpful resources.

What They Say

GEAR UP allows us to be a co-parent. We get to be that secondary support for 2,300 kids. We are able to watch them mature and grow into wonderful young men and women. We get to feel the joy of seeing them succeed and knowing that we had a part in making that happen.

Dana, Gear UP Staff

Cameron has really enjoyed himself and watching him this afternoon was a proud moment because he was really nervous about presenting and he did it with such confidence!! I was just blown away.

Stacy, Gear Up Parent

I wanted to apply for GUALA (GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy) so that I can advocate for others the way people advocated for me.

Jamila, GUALA Rep

The thing I liked most about the summer camps is that you get to learn and socialize at the same time.

Ishrant, Gear UP Student

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